The Southeast News
OF, BY AND FOR CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
Vol. 1, No. 3
Ukree S^lale C^onf-erencei ^Meld -sn \Jclober
One of the high points of the three
state conferences of the Southeast
Convention, all held the latter part
of October, was the introduction of
the new superintendent, the Rev. Er-
ston M. Butterfield. Ministers and
laymen of each conference were eager
to meet him, and to offer their co-
operation and good wishes.
Richard Drake of Demorest. Ga.,
was elected Moderator of the Georgia
Conference; Harry Barr of Phenix
City, Alabama, was elected Modera-
tor of the Alabama Conference, and
the Rev. J. W. Davenport was elected
Moderator of the Kentucky-Tennes-
see Conference. In each case, the
moderators become members of the
Board of Directors of The Southeast
Convention, representing their respec-
tive conferences and making decisions
along with the other board members
on program, policy and other mat-
ters related to the work of the South-
Church Building Loan Fund
The Church Building Loan Fund
Campaign was presented at each con-
ference — Dr. Thos. Anderson was the
speaker at the Georgia Conference,
the Rev. Joe French at the Alabama
Conference, and Mrs. W. E. Wisse-
man at the Kentucky-Tennessee Con-
ference. Church Building Loan Fund
Compaign committees were appointed
as follows: Alabama Committee —
Rev. Clyde C. Flannery, Arthur Wal
lace, Mrs. Jettie Logan, and Rev
Lowell A. Smoot; Georgia Commit
tee — Rev. Chas. 0. Erickson, Mrs
Jas. A. Fraser, and Rev. Henry Ab
bott; Kentucky-Tennessee Committee
— Miss Miriam Heermans.
Plans are being made for a train-
ing session for these committees,
which will be held at the Convention
office under the direction of Dr. Nel-
son Dreier, Area Director of the
CBFC. It is hoped that association
committees will be appointed before
January 1 so that they may also at-
tend this training session.
Our Christian World Mission
The Rev. C. Carl Dollar, director
of the Christian Rural Extension
Service, presented Our Christian
World Mission at the conferences,
recommending the use of the Every
Member Canvass, the presenting of
needs of the field, and the use of the
Church Calendar of Events as a
"must" for ministers.
The film, Adventure in Fellowship.
was shown by the Rev. Dollar. This
film was made under the direction of
the Rev. Butterfield and tells how
many hitherto inactive Ohio churches
were brought to life and service.
The plan of reorganization of the
the associations, state conferences
and their relationship to the South-
east Convention was reported on by
the Rev. Henry C. Weaver, chairman
of the Board of Directors, at both
the Georgia and Alabama confer-
ences. The plan was approved in
principle by all three conferences
with details to be worked out by the
Boards of Directors of each confer-
ence in executive session. The final
plan will be voted on at the biennual
meeting of the Southeast Convention
IKosler of Co
The complete list of officers as elected
at the three State Conference meet-
ings is as follows:
Moderator, Harry Barr
Asst. Moderator, Rev. Carolyn Welch
Scribe, Mrs. Luke Huey
Laymen's Fellowship State Chairman,
Moderator, Richard Drake
Asst. Moderator, Rev. Ralph Worley
Scribe, Rev. W. C. Carpenter
Minister-at-Large, Rev. D. W. Shep-
Layman-at-Large, Fred Haley
Christian Education, Rev. J. A. Pick-
Summer Conference Dean. Rev. Earl
The Georgia Conference also
elected the following delegates to the
Georgia Council of Churches which
was Constituted November 25, 1952:
Supt. E. M. Butterfield, Rev. Chas.
0. Erickson, Rev. Henry C. Weaver,
Rev. Peter Doherty, John M. Mc-
Manus, Dr. Thos. Anderson, Rev. C.
Carl Dollar, and H. A. Strickland.
Elected as members of the Board
of Directors of the Southeast Con-
vention were Richard Drake and Mrs.
Moderator, Rev. J. W. Davenport
Asst. Moderator, George Humble
Scribe, Walter Wood
Treas.-Registrar, Mrs. T. L. Cunning-
Laymen's Fellowship, Herman Pat-
Women's Fellowship, Miss M. Heer-
Dean of Summer Conference, Rev.
Wm. R. Schorman
Chairman of Stewardship Committee.
Rev. Arnold Slater
(Continued on page 14)
Southern Union. L^otteae
The President of Southern Union
College takes pleasure in announcing
a gift of $10,000 from the Massa-
chusetts Woman's Home Missionary
Union. This substantial sum is given
as a permanent endowment, the in-
come from which will be used to
meet college expenses.
This generous gift is only the latest
of several helpful contributions from
this Congregational organization to
Southern Union. Last June the Union
sent $2,000 for much needed repairs
and redecoration of the college build-
It is hoped that this significant in-
crease in the permanent funds in-
vested for the benefit of the college
will prove the start of an Endowment
Fund that will keep growing until
the college can qualify for full ac-
creditation in the Southern Associa-
tion of Junior Colleges.
Southern Union recently received
approval from the Alabama State De-
partment of Education for the train-
ing of Korean veterans. Thus the col-
lege has qualified to render Korean
veterans the same service it has per-
formed for many World War II vet-
erans in this area.
Dean A. R. Van Cleave has repre-
sented Southern Union College at
both the Georgia and Alabama Con-
ferences, at the East Alabama Asso-
ciation and at a meeting of the Min-
isters' Association. He reports every-
where a lively interest in SU and a
renewed confidence in its present pro-
In presenting the program to the
conferences, Dean Van Cleave has
called attention to the present pro-
posal to have a number of the Trus-
tees of SU elected by the conferences
in the Southeast Convention. It is the
hope of President Flannery, sponsor
of this idea, that the college can be-
come "church-related" in a new and
lA/omen 5 f\esponiibiiitu in Kt
Uke Church (building <=Loan
As is usually the case when big things
are to be undertaken, we depend up-
on the women to see that the enter-
prise is carried through to a success-
ful conclusion. Therefore, I hope the
women in each of our churches will
seriously consider and act upon these
seven opportunities for service. Will
1) Cooperate with the Church Build-
ing Loan Fund Committee which we
hope your pastor will appoint?
2) Have an enthusiastic meeting in
the church at which time the CBLFC
will be presented?
3) Make sure that the two leaflets,
"The Time is Now" and "The Par-
able of Moab Hartlie" are distributed
in your church and also in the Wom-
en's Society? Obtain from New York
4) See that the film THE BASIS OF
THE BLUEPRINT is shown in your
church. Obtain from Convention of-
fice, 673 Piedmont, Atlanta, Ga.
5) Help your church send in its
Declaration of Purpose, indicating
the Goal which your church has ac-
6) Urge the Woman's Society of your
church to make a special contribu-
tion to the CBLFC goal of the
7) Send to Miss Helen Frances Smith,
Special Gifts Director, 287 Fourth
Avenue, New York 10, N. Y., the
names of individuals who might make
Special Gifts of $1,000 or more be-
yond that which they give through
If these seven points are cared for
in each church, we feel sure that our
campaign to raise $30,000 (the goal
of the Southeast Convention, based
on 16% of Home Expenses) will be
successful. I will appreciate your co-
— Loretta Petersen
eu. C. <_-. v-'u.fkett
Many old friends of the Rev. C. E.
Burkett were happy to welcome him
into the fellowship of the First
Church, Andalusia, Ala., November
9th. The Rev. Burkett is eighty-six
years of age, a retired minister hav-
ing given the greater part of his min-
isterial service to churches in south
Alabama and northwest Florida. He
dedicated his life to the ministry at
the age of thirty and has been in the
service continuously until his retire-
ment a few years ago.
He is making his home with his
son, W. J. Burkett, who is a resident
of Andalusia. The church feels that
the presence of Brother Burkett will
be of much spiritual value in all of
the church worship programs.
rv/esdaae ^rrom Jrnaia
From the St. Francis Xavier Mis-
sion, Rampur, District Camparan, Bi-
har, India, comes a note of thanks to
the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference:
"Just recently I received notice of a
CARE package of one plow being
forwarded to me as the result of your
generosity. Kindly accept my sincere
thanks and the thanks of my people
here for your gift. May God bless
and reward you abundantly. Very
gratefully yours. Robert E. Ludwig.
—Mliloi'u of tke ^>outkeast
The Rev. A. Goff Bedford is writing
a book — a history of the Southeast.
He would appreciate very much hav-
ing any remembered history, letters,
books, records, etc. of any Congre-
gational, Christian, Congregational
Methodist, or Independent Congre-
gational Church in the area. Any ma-
terial on ministers of these churches
would also be useful and appreci-
Mr. Bedford will either return the
materials, or turn them over to the
Southern Union College library.
THE SOUTHEAST NEWS
Published Monthly by and for
the Churches of the
SOUTHEAST CONVENTION OF
673 Piedmont Ave., N. E.
Single Subscription .... $1.75 per year
Group Subscriptions . . . $1.50 per year
Rev. Erston M. Butterfield
Rev. C. Carl Dollar
Director, Extension Service
Miss Loretta Petersen
Director Religious Education
Mrs. Ed Albright Office Secretary
Rev. Henry Weaver Editor
Congratulations ! . ■
Vol. I, No. 3
Church f\e porters: tki
Alexander City, Hunt— Mrs. Jas.
Andalusia, First— Alfred E. Adams
Clio. New Hope— Annice Hagler
Eclectic. Watson Chapel —
Garden City— Terry Holt
Headland, Blackwood— Rev. S. M.
Penn and Miss Dora Brackin
Lanett — Mrs. Reid Kent
Langdale— Mrs. Mae Edge
Midland City, Christian Hill— Mrs.
Phenix City, United— Paralee Hill
Roanoke, Antioch — Ann Moon and
Shawmut, Todd— Mrs. Tommie Gray
Baker, Good Hope— Ida Mae Gunter
Columbus, North Highland— Mrs.
Demorest, Federated— Mrs. E. W.
Fort Valley— Rev. F. C. Barrier
LaGrange, United— Mrs. Annabell
Oak Grove— Margie McGuire
Oxford, Sardis— Rev. J. T. McAdams
(Continued on page 14)
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Receiving so much wonderful news
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ana Church L^lerh
You will have received your Year
Book blanks by now, and each church
is urged to return them before Jan-
uary 1, 1953. If your church has not
paid its Per Capita Dues and Appor-
tionment for 1952, please send this to
the office before December 30th, as
this is the deadline for money to be
counted for this year's report to the
Year Book. Notices of amounts due
have gone out; if you need more in-
formation, please inquire.
L^hurch V ft
On November 10 the Rev. Allyn K.
Wadleigh, with his wife and small
son, moved to Birmingham, Alabama,
where he will assume the pastorate
of the Pilgrim Church.
The Rev. Wadleigh comes to the
area from the First Congregational
Church of Oxford, Mass., where he
has served for the past two years.
Before that he was Assistant pastor
of the Pleasant Street Congregational
Church of Arlington, Mass., for three
years. He has served as Scribe of the
Worcester Central Association.
He was born in Norwich, Conn.,
educated in the Portland, Maine, pub-
lic schools. His A.B. was received
from Bowdoin College and his B.D.
cum laude from Andover Newton
From 1940 through 1945 Mr. Wad-
leigh was with the U. S. Army. He
enlisted as a Private and was dis-
charged as a Captain, with 14 months
overseas service with the 99th Infan-
try Division. He is a member of the
Masons and of the Alpha Tau Omega
During his Oxford pastorate, the
missionary pledging of the church
increased 500%, the current expenses
pledging increased 50%, and the
church membership increased 35%.
A $25,000 addition to the church
building, plus all new equipment for
the vestry, was added during this
The first Pilgrim Church was es-
tablished in 1903 with about forty
members. Later, it merged with the
Independent Presbyterian Church,
and the Congregational Christian
members gradually drifted elsewhere
or were swallowed up in the larger
church. In 1929 a Congregational
Christian church was organized in
Birmingham by the Rev. Jesse Dollar,
and was called Community Church,
and there were about thirty members.
Rev. Allyn K. Wadleigh
In 1930 some five hundred Presby-
terians withdrew from one of the
leading Birmingham churches and pe-
titioned for membership in the Con-
gregational Christian Church. They
were received, and in 1933 the name
was changed back to the original
name, Pilgrim. The Pilgrim Church
is the strongest church in the North
Alabama Association. With his record
of achievement and his youthful en-
thusiasm, much progress is antici-
pated for the Pilgrim Church under
the leadership of the Rev. Wadleigh.
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To supplement the building of the
United Church, Phenix City, Ala-
bama, a barbecue was held on the
church grounds in October. A. H.
Bray was chief cook for this occa-
sion, but he had many "samplers"
standing around to keep him com-
pany and offer advice. The barbecue
Last month a new double-front
bulletin board was erected on the
f feu/6 or the L^hurch
church lawn. Herman Bloodworth he-
came interested in building the bul-
letin board last spring after some dis-
cussion about getting one, so he de-
cided to take the construction as an
individual project. He did an excel-
lent job, making it of clear cypress
lumber. After it was completed and
erected, Philip Boss, Jr., filled in
around it with beautiful crab orchard
stone. Now sermon topics and an-
nouncements can be made to all in
the community, and people have
commented that it is the greatest im-
provement the church has had physi-
cally in years.
The interior of the church has just
been repainted under the direction of
Harry Barr. The walls were done in
light green and the floors walnut.
The men of the church joined in to
make this much needed improvement.
The Board of Deacons and Deacon-
esses, in their November meeting, dis-
cussed how they might be of more
effective service to the church. They
decided that a program of visitation
would be helpful to the total pro-
gram of the church. They plan to
visit the members and prospective
members of the church each second
and fourth Tuesday evenings each
month, going out in two's, as Deacons
and Deaconesses, in the interest of
the spiritual program of the church.
An individual communion set has
been purchased by the church to be
used by the Deacons and Deacon-
esses in cooperation with the pastor.
At the regular communion seasons
of the church they will visit the sick
and shut-ins and hold a communion
service with them. This act will mean
much in spiritual comfort to those
unable to attend a regular com-
Go Inquire of the Lord by Gerald
Kennedy. In the form of six search-
ing questions, the answers to which
are the basis of Christian living.
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^Jtl J^oddif (church
On May 31st, 1952 the pastor of our
church resigned to accept a call to
a church in Iowa, and the church at
Soddy, Tenn., was again without a
pastor. A young student at Vander-
bilt University was recommended to
us — David Smith. We asked the Rev.
Smith to come to our church and
preach June 3th. which he did. After
hearing him preach, the church voted
unanimously to call him to fill our
pulpit during his school vacation.
His school vacation was out in Sep-
tember but our church did so well
under his leadership that our mem-
bers persuaded Dave to accept the
call indefinitely, attending \ ander-
bilt University during the week but
making his pastoral calls on Satur-
day and filling the pulpit on Sundays.
We would like to mention a few of
the things we have accomplished
under Dave's leadership.
He teaches a class of young boys
in our Sunday School, and the mem-
bership has increased from six to
ten. We owed over S100 on our organ
and had paid only one quarter on our
church apportionment. By October
15th we had finished paying for our
organ, paid our apportionment in
full for the year and also our per
capita dues. We had bought enough
roofing to cover our church building
and have part of it on. The church
has been completely re-wired and all
debts are paid.
He had charge of our vacation
Bible school in July with 34 pupils.
He has carried on the work started
by our former pastor with the Pil-
grim Fellowship group, and this
group has just purchased a mimeo-
graph machine for the church with
money they raised through bake
sales and other projects.
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The ladies guild and business
women's clubs take an active part in
our church work. We are planning
to redecorate our basement in the
near future and install an electric
stove in our kitchen. We also have a
get-to-gether meeting of our members
on the first Saturday night in each
month to discuss our church prob-
lems and plan our future course.
With Dave as our leader we feel that
we will accomplish much in the fu-
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The new church annex of the North
Highland Church, Columbus. Geor-
gia, has been finished except for some
minor touches. The Young People's
Sunday School class has moved into
this part of the church and already
has held a social gathering. The sec-
ond Sunday in November the Young
People had complete charge of the
morning service, with Lt. King CofT-
man as the guest speaker. It was a
new experience for the young people
and they were encouraged by good
The laymen of the church have be-
come very active, and recently had
charge of the morning and evening
services. They have also painted the
church auditorium and are making
plans to paint the four Sunday School
The Women's Missionary Society
is very busy these days packing boxes
to be sent to our Indian Mission at
Fort Berthold, North Dakota. They
are also making plans to supply the
church with a new carpet in the very
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The churches of the Headland Par-
ish, served by the Rev. S. M. Penn,
report on past progress and future
plans. The Blackwood Church has in-
stalled a new gas heating system and
all look forward to enjoying comfort
during the cold weather. The cost was
approximately $450. They have also
installed a hot water heater and a
Bendix washer in the parsonage. The
young people of the church meet each
Wednesday evening, the number
somewhat curtailed by the football
season. It is anticipated that the num-
ber will increase as the basketball
season begins. The program material
used is from "Everyday Christians".
The Women's Missionary Society
meets regularly each month. The Oc-
tober topic was "On New Frontiers"
and the November topic was "By
Sharing Our Resources".
The Christian Hill Church, Mid-
land City, has paid both apportion-
ment and per capita dues, an evidence
of good church loyalty. It has been
the practice among the local churches
to hold a midweek prayer meeting,
alternating between the Christian Hill
Church, the Freewill Baptist Church,
and the home of an invalid man, and
there is a fine cooperative spirit
among the other . churches in the
The work of the New Hope Church,
Clio, has been hampered by the ill-
ness of some of the leading members
of the church. They have been greatly
missed, and now that they are re-
covering the church looks forward to
renewed activity. Plans are being
made to purchase new hymnals for
the worship service, hymnals which
will furnish sufficient material to
build an adequate devotional program
condusive to the fellowship of the
spirit. The church has an active
Women's Missionary Society which
The Good Hope Church of Baker,
Florida, celebrated Armistice Day by
having a "church working". Among
other things accomplished at this
time was the painting of the two
if lew i of the L^kcirch
Sunday School rooms. Plans are un-
derway for installing gas heaters in
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On November 2 the Todd Church
at Shawmut, Alabama, called the Rev.
E. S. Fetner of Langdale to serve as
pastor. The Rev. Charlie Hanson had
been serving as supply pastor during
the past year. Mr. Fetner was licensed
at the last East Association meeting.
The Young Married People's Sun-
day School Class was entertained at
a covered dish party in October at
the Gray apartment in Todd Addi-
tion. As the Halloween motif was
used in decorations and games, the
party was both gay and exciting.
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The Sardis Church, Oxford, Geor-
gia, has recently begun a half-time
program, under the leadership of the
Rev. Jas. T. McAdams. Beginning on
Wednesday, November 5th, the
church had daily services through
Sunday with a visitation program,
and the church has shown a consid-
erable increase in attendance.
Jack Hendon was elected as Sun-
day School superintendent, and Mrs.
Hendon was elected president of the
The church sponsored a communi-
ty Halloween "Tacky Party" held at
the Community Club House for adults
and young people. Prizes were given
for the tackiest costumes, and refresh-
ments were served. The community
social was such a success that another
one has been planned for Thanksgiv-
ing weekend. The adults and young
people who did not attend any of the
churches in the vicinity were invited
to come to the Sardis Church, and
it is hoped to arouse their interest
through this type of community so-
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At the October meeting of the Fed-
erated Church, Demorest, Georgia,
the Social Action Committee selected
a panel to inaugurate a discussion of
"Is Social Action Christian?'' Wes-
ley Ritchie, Richard Drake and Dr.
W. C. Atkins gave interesting talks
on the subject.
The Women's Guild invited the W.
S.C.S. to join them in a meeting at
which Dr. W. C. Atkins, who was at
one time a missionary in Durban,
Africa, gave an interesting talk on
his experiences and told something
of conditions in the southern part of
that great country.
The Watson Chapel Church, Eclec-
tic, Alabama, has called the Rev. M.
0. Worley as pastor for the next year.
Great improvements have been made
under his leadership. The church has
Sunday School every Sunday and
preaching twice a month, with two
services. A prayer service is held
twice a month, led by the young peo-
ple. The interest the young people
have shown in the church has greatly
influenced the older members. Two
of the Sunday School classes are
taught by young people, and they are
also discussing the forming of a Pil-
The Rev. A. Goff Bedford, pastor
of the Langdale Church, Langdale,
Alabama, reports that the Every
Member Canvass held in October
was a great success. The budget to
be raised was about 810,000. Four
training sessions were held, counting
the one at the men's club meeting.
At the first two sessions, the Rev.
Carl C. Dollar presided and led the
instruction of about fifteen men. The
third session was given over to a re-
hearsal of techniques, and the final
meeting was a review of the work
covered. About eight teams of men
participated, with the result that
about $12,000 in pledges was re-
ceived. Several members who had not
/ leu/6 of the K^hnrch
pledged before did so, and statements
of like support were received from
several members not active in the
church. The result of the canvass was
pleasing to all. The life of the church
was so improved that plans are now
being laid to use the same EMC tech-
nique in visitation Evangelism, to be
called the Every Member Visit.
If any church is interested in set-
ting up an EMC, the Rev. Bedford
will be glad to work with them and
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The United Church at LaGrange,
Georgia, is making progress under
the very able leadership of our pastor,
the Rev. John E. Pickens, Jr. Dr.
David W. Shepherd preached for us
on a recent Sunday evening and re-
ceived Rev. and Mrs. Pickens into
the Church, and Rev. Pickens in turn
received five other members.
Milford Carpenter is the new su-
perintendent of the junior depart-
ment of the Sunday School and has
plans for increasing the attendance
and other activities.
The Woman's Fellowship is a most
active organization and is doing
splendid Friendly Service work.
Meetings are held bimonthly with
a general meeting held quarterly.
Our pastor, Rev. Pickens, has been
much in demand as a speaker to the
civic clubs, church organizations, etc.,
throughout the city and nearby towns
since his coming to LaGrange. He has
been guest speaker at chapel at La-
Grange College and is making a defi-
nite contribution to the community
and city through his sincere Chris-
tian attitude toward all phases of
We are happy to have Miss Ikuko
Kodera of Japan, student at LaGrange
College in our congregation each
Sunday. Miss Kodera is a Christian
and a member of our denomination
On Nov. 9, the Woman's Fellow-
ship sponsored World Community
Day with a program at the church.
Four of the six foreign students at
LaGrange College appeared on the
program. Michael Brown, England;
Miss Nicole Rieu, France: Miss Eve-
lyn Fang, Malaya; Johnnie Lucches-
si, Rome, Italy; and Miss Betty Jo
Hearn, America, brought messages
that gave a better understanding of
people of other countries and of
bringing about world peace.
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Since the resignation of the Rev.
Maurice Kiphart in October, to ac-
cept a call to the church at Hickman,
Kentucky, the Evarts Community
Church has been most fortunate in
having the Rev. Charles Drake to
supply the pulpit each Sunday. Mr.
Drake teaches at Berea College, and
drives to Evarts each Sunday for the
service. The church people enjoy his
fine messages and appreciate his in-
terest and cooperation. They feel that
the weather may make it impossible
for him to continue to supply the
church during the winter, and are
looking for a pastor.
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The two churches at Fort Valley,
Georgia, went on the air November
16, beginning a weekly religious pro-
grame over station WFPM. The Fort
Valley First and Society Hill churches
are jointly sponsoring the program,
and members of both churches will
participate each week in the program,
which is directed by the pastor, the
Rev. F. C. Barner.
Members of the churches who have
pledged to support the program are:
Harvis Walker, Mr. and Mrs. J. E.
Tyner and Mr. Tyner's mother,
Thomas Jackson, Mrs. Nancy Jack-
son and Brother Railey.
As far as is known, this is the first
regular radio church program to be
sponsored by a parish in the Georgia
r feu/6 of the L^hurch
Conference, and all Congregational
Christians within the wave length are
urged to listen in to the program.
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The remodeling at the Hunt Me-
morial Church, Alexander City, Ala-
bama, is going forward with the co-
operation of the church members,
and the church will soon have a com-
pletely new front. The members work
together each Saturday with the la-
dies of the church bringing dinner.
Two new members have been added
to the Ladies Missionary Union. As
a part of their community work, they
gave a "pounding" to Mr. and Mrs.
E. E. Engram recently. The ladies are
planning turkey dinner on Thanks-
giving to raise money for the Church
Many important events have taken
place during the 1952 church year of
the Lanett Church, Lanett, Alabama.
The church program has followed in
a general way the Christian year in
worship emphasis, and special atten-
tion has been given to the education-
al program of the church. A Steward-
ship School was conducted by Dr.
H. L. House. The Church Library was
opened last year. Family night serv-
ices were held at the church during
September, October and November
with a covered dish supper, followed
by a group program for every age
Last March 30th ground breaking
ceremonies were held for the new
church building, now under construc-
tion, and the processional from the
present church to the site of the new
church was both inspirational and
impressive. Flags representing sixty
United Nations Members were car-
ried by the Girl and Boy Scouts, fol-
lowed by the Rev. Joe A. French, the
pastor, and the church representa-
tives. Industrial and professional rep-
resentatives came next, and then the
robed choir singing "Onward Chris-
tian Soldiers". Immediately behind
the choir came the entire congrega-
tion, along with visitors and honored
guests. Dr. Stanley U. North and Dr.
Wesley A. Hotchkiss represented the
Board of Home Missions: Dr. Ernest
Arnold, director of the Southeastern
office of the National Council of
Churches; Dr. David W. Shepherd,
superintendent of the Southeast Con-
vention ; the Rev. Olin Sheppard, and
the Rev. J. D. Dollar represented the
spiritual kinship and united efforts.
Representing the realm of knowl-
edge were: the Rev. Clyde C. Flan-
nery, president of Southern Lnion
College: Dr. Joseph R. Gladden, Val-
ley physician: Col. Howell Morrow,
the Chambers County Bar Associa-
tion; J. T. Green, superintendent of
the Lanett Schools, and the Rev. H.
Those representing industry were:
Joseph L. Lanier, president of the
West Point Mfg. Co.; and John A.
Simmons, Lanett Bleachery and Dye
Works, whose generosity made the
new building possible.
On September 7th Frank Williams
presented the church with a large
donation, which the finance chair-
man, Charles Miller gratefully re-
ceived. The deeds to the land on
which the church is being erected
were presented to Reid Kent, chair-
man of the Board of Trustees, by
John A. Simmons for the Lanett
Bleachery and Dye Works.
The present church membership is
343, and with the added facilities in
the new church building the member-
ship is expected to increase consid-
erably. The church budget for the
year was met promptly and $72,-
554.73 has been raised for the new
building. Cooperation is evident
among the entire membership, and
the untiring efforts and service of
the pastor and his wife is very much
Dr. Douglass Horton has described
the Laymen's Fellowship in these
words, "The Laymen's Fellowship of
the Congregational Christian
Churches is the laymen of the
churches organized for worship,
study, fellowship and work together.
It is by no means something apart
from the churches — a kind of mildly
religious club which uses the church
buildings as meeting places. It is
one aspect of the life of the churches
themselves, a force within the
churches, of, by, for and from the
The only reason for an organiza-
tion of men in every local church is
that they may accomplish something
— may take a project and success-
fully put it across — may tackle a
church or community problem and
satisfactorily solve it — may bring
more men into the fellowship of the
church and make the church more
Two men and the minister are
enough to start a men's group.
Let them meet at one of their
homes, at an office or at the minis-
ter's study. They can discuss the
present program for men in the
church, the number of men out of
the church and the needs of interests
which the men can do something
about. Light refreshments always im-
prove the fellowship of such an oc-
Without passing any resolutions or
adopting any motions, they can agree
on the next step which generally
would be another meeting of the
same group WITH a few others that
they personally know are already in-
terested or will be when they know
of their plans.
What Should the Program Be?
This question can best be answered
by asking the men of the church and
community who would or should be-
long to the club what they would be
most interested in — when to meet,
what kind of a program to have and
all other related, important ques-
Activity and attendance is grow-
ing in the Laymen's Fellowship of
the United Church, Phenix City, Ala.
The first Tuesday night of each
month has been decided upon as the
regular meeting night, for the busi-
ness of the fellowship and a planned
program. At other times during the
month the fellowship comes together
solely for fun. On October 21st
twenty-five of the church men en-
joyed a steak supper.
On November 4th Herman Cook
of Lanett, director of the laymen ac-
tivities of Alabama and also a mem-
ber of the National Committee, was
the speaker of the evening. Other
guests included the ministers and
laymen from United Church and
North Highland Church, Columbus.
Ga. Forty men were present for this
The Men's Club of the Todd
Church, Shawmut. Ala., reorganized
and elected new officers as follows:
President, Nedwin Treadwell; Vice
President, Burson Moore; Secretary-
Treasurer, Henry McCarthy; Pro-
gram Chairman, Manning Yates; As-
sistant, Howard Strength. Once each
quarter the club sponsors a family
night program, and each member is
invited to bring the entire family for
supper and fellowship.
J^tate (^.hainnen tor the <=>Laii/)ien
Alabama — Herman Cook. Lanett.
Georgia — Fred Haley, Atlanta, Ga.
Kentucky-Tennessee — Herman Pat-
terson, Evarts, Ky.
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The women of the Alabama Wom-
en's Fellowship met at the United
Church in Phenix City during the
state conference for an informal ses-
sion of Questions and Answers, and
suggestions were made for the com-
ing year's work. The women were
urged by their state president, Mrs.
Jettie Logan, to start at once on their
Woman's Gift if they had not al-
ready done so. A representative from
each of the Associations gave a re-
port on their rally. Mrs. Roy Cul-
pepper reported for the Central As-
sociation Rally, Miss Dora Brackin
for the South Association Rally, Mrs.
Mary Flemming for the North Asso-
ciation Rally, and Mrs. Joe A. French
for the East Association Rally.
The treasurer, Mrs. Luke Huey.
gave a financial report, and was di-
rected to pay from the treasury the
state's share of the Woman's Gift
money to the projects voted on at
the Retreats. Mrs. Hugh Lasseter, the
secretary, told of the ways in which
the money was to be used. The
Friendly Service Chairman, Mrs.
Harveta Barr, explained the Friend-
ly Service Quotas and the three fields
of service — community, home mis-
sions, and foreign missions. The
Nominating Committee met with Mrs.
Joe A. French, but no report was
made. Officers will be elected at the
Mrs. Logan, state president, pre-
sided at the meeting and gave dates
and places of the Spring Rally meet-
ings as follows: North Association
Rally March 23, Pilgrim Church, Bir-
mingham; Central Association Rally
March 25, East Tallassee, Liberty
Church; East Association Rally
March 27, Roanoke; and South Ala-
bama Association Rally March 28 at
Blackwood Church, Headland.
The Rev. Erston M. Butterfield,
superintendent of the Southeast Con-
vention, and the Rev. Clyde C. Flan-
nery, president of Southern Union
College, are planning to attend all
Mrs. Logan extended a cordial in-
vitation to everyone interested to
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The Alice Long Missionary Circle
of the Todd Church, Shawmut, pre-
sented a check to the Building Fund
which brings their total giving to
this fund to 8900. By Christmas they
expect to reach the §1,000 mark. On
November 7th they realized S95 from
a baked chicken dinner. The Christ-
mas card sale has been good this
year, with a possible profit of more
than $100 by the middle of Decem-
ber. In the early fall the circle sold
enough flavoring extracts to buy a
large coffee urn for the church.
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At the November 3rd meeting of
the Women's Missionary Union of
the First Church, Andalusia, Mrs.
Ben Locklier and Mrs. A. C. Nelson
gave splendid talks about the happen-
ings at the state conference. The
W.M.U. meets twice each month and
is very active. The Friendly Service
Committee fixed a box of sterile
clothes to give to a cancer patient.
A box of clothes was also given to
a needy family. Recently a box of
quilt scraps was taken to the Old
Folks Home, where the ladies are
going to piece quilts for the W.M.U.
to sell for them. The ladies of the
W.M.U. have also been doing a fine
job of visiting the sick in the com-
munity and helping those who need
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At the Blackwood Church, Head-
land, the Women's Fellowship has
gotten off to an enthusiastic start this
year with the following officers : Pres-
ident, Mrs. Turissa Chancey; Vice
President and Program Chairman.
Mrs. Velma Faison: Secretary, Mrs.
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Pastoria Rister; Treasurer, Mrs.
Mary V. Faison; Woman's Gift
Chairman, Mrs. Pearla Ward; Friend-
ly Service Chairman, Mrs. Claudia
Johnson; Social Action Chairman.
Mrs. Annie Faison; and Hospitality
Chairman, Mrs. Mildred Johnson.
The women are looking forward
to entertaining the Association Wom-
en's Rally next March 23th, and hope
to have visitors from all over the
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The Woman's Fellowship of the
Mt. Olive Church, Tallassee, enter-
tained the women of the East Tal-
lassee Church with a Hallowe'en sup-
per on October 15th. The tables were
beautifully decorated with the Hal-
lowe'en colors, and place cards were
miniature pumpkins and black cats.
The program consisted of the In-
vocation, by Mrs. Will Lackey; the
Welcome, by Mrs. H. 0. Thornton,
and the Response, by Mrs. Wilma
Pemberson of East Tallassee. The
Skit, "Results of Visitation," was giv-
en by Mr. and Mrs. Will Lackey and
members of the Pilgrim Fellowship.
A reading, "Bread of Life," was giv-
en by the president, Mrs. Roy Cul-
The supper, which was served in
the almost completed recreation
room, was enjoyed by twenty-eight
people. The Mt. Olive women are to
be congratulated for the wonderful
work they have done in the building
of their new kitchen and Sunday
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The Women's Missionary Society
of the Antioch Church, Roanoke,
chose for one of their projects a
cotton patch which includes one and
one-half acres. They made one bale
of cotton, and the proceeds from the
sale of it will go toward the remodel-
ing of the interior of the church.
There are sixteen active members who
meet to work the cotton patch along
with a large number of helpers. The
W.M.S. also contributed $50 towards
a heating system for the church.
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The Women's Missionary Society.
Circle 2 of the Evarts Community
Church was organized in June of
1951 and is composed of business
and professional women and others
unable to attend afternoon meetings
of the other society. Meetings are
held in the homes of members once
each month. Xew officers elected in
September are Mrs. Herman Patter-
son, President; Mrs. Dennis Ball.
Treasurer; and Mrs. Walter Asher,
Projects of the two circles have
included new draperies for the
church parlor and a kneeling pad to
be used in communion. A number
of families have been helped with
gifts of food and clothing, and money
has been raised for foreign missions.
At the October meeting it was de-
cided to change the name of the or-
ganization to the "Lois Vincent So-
ciety" in honor of Mrs. George Vin-
cent of Upper Montclair, N. J.: who
has done so much to help with the
growth of the church.
An election of officers was held in
October by the Woman's Missionary
Society Circle 1 of the Evarts Com-
munity Church. All those in office
were re-elected as follows: President.
Mrs. N. B. Smith; Secretary, Mrs!
C. N. Scoville; Treasurer, Mrs. E. L.
Vaughn; and Friendly Service Chair-
man, Mrs. J. H. Turner. Although
this is a small group, Circle 1 is
proud of its activities and accom-
plishments, working with the Lois
Vincent Society on major projects
and sometimes holding joint meet-
ings. The circle does a great deal of
community work and has made sub-
stantial payments in church repairs
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Money for the various projects of
the circle is raised at the annual
Christmas Bazaar, with everything
donated by the women, and by sell-
ing Christmas cards. The two circles,
with the assistance of the church
members, cook and serve luncheon
to the Evarts Lion Club twice each
month, and this project is under the
capable supervision of Mrs. J. H.
Turner and Mrs. E. L. Vaughn. The
women do all the work and the young
girls of the church assist with the
Miss Helen Frances Smith has re-
signed as Friendly Service Secretary,
to take over the Special Gifts area of
the Church Building Loan Fund Cam-
paign. Her resignation became effec-
tive October 1, and she is now asso-
ciated with Dr. Nelson Dreier.
The new national Friendly Service
Secretary is Miss Marjory A. Mar-
tin, who will take office December 1.
State Friendly Service Chairmen
have received the quotas from Miss
Smith, and will inform each church
of its quota. State chairmen are as
follows: Alabama, Mrs. Harveta Barr
of Phenix City: Georgia, Mrs. Em-
mett Bailey of LaGrange; and Ken-
tucky-Tennessee, Mrs. A. L. Dejar-
nette of Soddy. Tenn.
The requests were sent by Miss
Smith before she left to be passed
along to the women's fellowships.
From Mrs. Joseph L. Moulton,
American Marathi Mission, Ahmed-
nagar, India: "Each year the Marathi
Mission has a sale, the proceeds from
which partially support the school for
missionary children in Kodaikanal.
We need all sorts of Ten Cent Store
articles — games, toys, coloring books,
household articles, etc. Send to Mr.
Harvey L. Meeken, 14 Beacon Street,
Boston 8, Mass., designated for Mrs.
Moulton for the Kodai Sale, just as
soon as possible so he can get them
to her in time for the sale in May.
Donors will receive a bill from Mr.
Meeken to cover their share of the
shipment. Undoubtedly it will be less
than postage and duty charges if the
packages were sent direct to Mrs.
From Mrs. Frank Workentine,
Eagle Butte, South Dakota: "Our In-
dian women need scraps of material
left over from your sewing projects
or which may be resting in your scrap
bags. These pieces, even the smallest
scraps, are made into quilts which
the women sell among themselves.
They are desperately in need of such
material — the women are not work-
ing and no sewing is going on be-
cause they have no pieces from which
(Continued from page 2)
Elected as members of the Board
of Directors of the Southeast Conven-
tion were : E. P. Poste, Rev. J. W. Dav-
enport, and Rev. Win. R. Schorman.
(Continued from page 4)
Evarts. Community — Mrs. N. B. Smith
Soddy— A. E. Pruett
Alabama Women — Mrs. Jettie Logan
Southern Union College — David Eddy
Time for that Christmas Bazaar ! !
Why not have a Sewing Social? Ask
each woman to bring all her odds and
ends of fabric, yarn, bias tape, em-
broidery floss, buttons, etc. Many at-
tractive and original ideas will de-
velop to make use of the scraps by
making pot holders, stuffed animals,
doll clothes, aprons, bean bags, etc.
— Jettie Logan.
One of the aims of the Oak Grove
Pilgrim Fellowship, Chipley, Ga., is
to entertain several other young peo-
ples' groups during the church year.
Following out this aim, on October
26th the group was host to the M.Y.
F. of the First Methodist Church in
Chipley. Sandra McGuire and Ann
Cadenhead had charge of the pro-
gram for the evening, using the
theme, "The Bible". Afterward both
groups adjourned to the social room
of the church, which was decorated
in the Hallowe'en theme. Refresh-
ments of cookies and punch were
served and games were enjoyed under
the direction of the Social Commit-
tee, Margie McGuire and Cathleen
On November 2nd the P.F. group
was in charge of the evening service
with the president, Carolyn McGuire.
presiding. The speaker for the even-
ing was Miss Loretta Petersen, Ex-
tension worker for the Southeast
Convention. Using "Hands" as her
subject, she held the interest of young
and old. It is hoped that Miss Peter-
sen will visit the group again in the
near future. Preceding the Youth
Night services, all the members of
P.F. and their friends met at the Mc-
Guire home for light refreshments
and a short business meeting. During
the meeting it was reported that the
sum of $10 was sent into the office
for Work Day for Christ, and pride
was expressed in the number who
participated in this national phase of
the young people's work.
On the third Sunday night of each
month the P.F. plans some kind of
social event. On November 16th this
took the form of a Vesper Service
and wiener roast at Pet McGuire's
lake. After the wiener roast, the group
enjoyed informal singing around the
lire until time for church services.
Miss Jean Vincent, Missionary
Chairman of the Garden City Pil-
grim Fellowship, attended the State
Conference at Phenix City and gave
an interesting report upon her re-
On Work Day for Christ, several
of the young people had the bright
idea of selling the old shingles from
the parsonage roof for kindling. The
parsonage has recently been re-roofed
and the old wood shingles discarded.
The Christian Endeavor of the
First Church. Andalusia, held an
election of officers recently: President.
Edgener Peavy ; Vice President, Patsy
Threatt; Secretary and Treasurer.
Ruth McLeod; Assistant Secretary
and Treasurer, Joyce Nelson; Social
Chairman, Mr. Homer Lindsey: Pro-
gram Chairman, Mrs. Homer Lind-
sey; Finance Chairman, Mrs. 0. C.
Graves; Membership Chairman, Von
Polsom: Choir Leader, Jeanette Fore:
Pianist, Ruth McLeod.
The Christian Endeavor meets each
Sunday evening at 6:15 and usually
has a social once each month.
SOS . . . ALL PILGRIM FELLOW-
SHIP GROUPS PLEASE SEND IN
YOUR WORK DAY FOR CHRIST
money as soon as possible.
Reported to date
Chipley, Oak Grove Pilgrim
Thorsby Congregational Chris-
tian Pilgrim Fellowship 814.70
DEADLINE December 10. 1952
Materials available from the South-
east Convention office for the guid-
ance of Pilgrim Fellowship groups
are the "Guide Book", a manual for
PF leaders, "How to be an effective
officer", and a mimeographed sheet
telling how to organize a local group.
673 Piedmont Avenue, N. E.
Urates ~Jo Kemember
I3 ec- 4 — Valley Ministers' Associa-
tion meets at LaGrange
Dec. 5 — Southeast Convention Board
of Directors meets in At-
Dec. 14 — Universal Bible Sunday
Dec. 21— Christmas Sunday; offering
for Our Christian World
Dec. 31— Watch Night Services
E. S. Fetner to Todd Church, Shaw-
mut, Alabama. Licensed at East
Association meeting in October.
RECOMMENDED FOR ORDINA-
TION by the Alabama Conference:
Rev. Archie Ballard and Rev. George
Watson; for Liscensure, Otto Cull-
RECOMMENDED FOR LISCEN-
SURE by the Georgia Conference:
F. C. Barner, Herbert Long, and
Jas. T. McAdams, Renewed: C. H.
Hancock and W. S. Wood.
RECOMMENDED FOR ORDINA-
TION: Major Logan Weston and
John E. Pickens, Jr.
Accepted to full membership in the
Conference, as an ordained min-
ister, Mrs. Peter Doherty
Born, to Rev. and Mrs. Collie Sey-
mour of Valparaiso, Florida, October
24, David Maurice, weight nine
pounds and four ounces.
PUERTO RICAN STORY— filmstrip,
color 20 minutes — adults to age 12.
Home Missions project — farming,
handicrafts, homemaking, local
church programs, both city and rural.
NONEBAH OF THE NAVAJOS —
filmstrip, ages 6 to 15. Little Navajo
shepherdess and her experiences at
home, trading post, school and
SUMO, A BOY OF AFRICA— film-
strip, ages 6 to 15. Sumo, an African
boy, goes to mission school. What
he learns and how he applies it.
LET'S TALK TURKEY— filmstrip.
color, 20 minutes — adults to age 12.
Total American Board work in Tur-
THE WAKING GIANT— color film-
strip, 20 minutes — adults to age 15.
American Board activities in school,
church, and social center. Good for
SUCCESS STORY— filmstrip, 18
minutes, adults to age 12. For Every
Member Canvass — good techniques
in making calls.
MR. JONES WAKES UP— filmstrip.
20 minutes, adults to age 15. EMC
emphasis — church layman helps or-
ganize and carry through complete
EMC in his local church.
Obtain from Southeast Convention,
673 Piedmont Avenue. N.E.. Atlanta.